Sedona AZ (October 4, 2013) – At 12:28 PM, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the report of a plane down on the Gunsite firearms training academy property in Paulden, Arizona. Witnesses say the plane clipped some trees and then appeared to explode on impact.
YCSO spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said four persons are believed to have been aboard, and all aboard perished in the crash.
The airplane has been identified as a Cessna 340, six passenger aircraft. The FAA confirmed that the plane departed Bullhead City, Arizona, earlier today. Initial reports on site indicate the plane was expected to land at the Prescott (AZ) Airport, and the passengers were scheduled to arrive at Gunsite later in the day.
It has not been determined why the aircraft was in the area over Gunsite prior to arrival at the Prescott Airport.
Some witnesses also indicated the airplane may have struck a radio tower located on the Gunsite grounds which may be a causal factor in the crash.
FAA and NTSB officials have been notified.
Identities of those on board the flight are unconfirmed and will be delayed until next of kin notifications have been completed.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website.